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Official claims we may never know who left cocaine at White House, one of world's most secure buildings
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Official claims we may never know who left cocaine at White House, one of world's most secure buildings

The White House is one of the most secure buildings on planet Earth. But officials close to the investigation claim the person responsible for leaving cocaine inside the West Wing may never be identified.

On Wednesday, the Secret Service said laboratory testing confirmed the white powdery substance discovered inside the White House on Sunday is cocaine, ABC News reported.

An official close to the investigation later told Politico that "it's gonna be very difficult for us" to discover who the cocaine belonged to "because of where it was" found.

"Even if there were surveillance cameras, unless you were waving it around, it may not have been caught," the official explained. "It's a bit of a thoroughfare. People walk by there all the time."

Preliminary reports claimed the illicit drug was discovered in the White House library on the ground floor. However, the Secret Service later disclosed that it was found in a "work area of the West Wing." Multiple media outlets have since reported that it was discovered in a locker area where staff members and guests store personal belongings during security screening.

Former U.S. Secret Service agent Don Mihalek told ABC News that White House staff, members of Congress, and "others who have that privilege" lead tours through the West Wing on the weekends.

The Secret Service did not say whether any tours took place this past weekend. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, however, confirmed at the press briefing on Wednesday that there were tours in the West Wing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Jean-Pierre declined to offer additional comment or provide specifics.

President Joe Biden was at Camp David at the time of the discovery. He departed Washington on Friday and returned to the White House on Tuesday.

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